Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's celebration.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Melk Abbey in Austria

Perched on the cliffs overlooking the picturesque village of Melk, Austria and the Danube River, sits the Melk Abbey. This 900-year-old baroque masterpiece is fabulous inside and out, and the views from its regal position aren’t bad either.





Saturday, December 26, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – A Rich Nation

“Wilderness is an anchor to windward. Knowing it is there, we can also know that we are still a rich nation, tending our resources as we should—not a people in despair searching every last nook and cranny of our land for a board of lumber, a barrel of oil, a blade of grass, or a tank or water.”

Clinton P. Anderson, U.S. Senator,
American Forests, July 1963

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Wishes

Here's a special toast to friends, family, fans, and followers.

 Make time to enjoy the company of friends and family, celebrate the reason for the season to its fullest, and  most of all, have a safe, fun, and a very Merry Christmas.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Collections - Part III

I guess I only had time to share three of my six Nativity scenes this year. This one is the one my mom and I picked up while in Mexico many years ago on a volunteer trip. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Revel in the warm memories of past holidays and cherish the new times together this year and in the future. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Collection - Part II

This is my first Nativity scene. It’s made of bisque porcelain. Hanging in front of the set are cowboy stockings my aunt made, probably 40 years ago – another cherished memento from my childhood.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nuggets From Life in Fiction – Whiteout Driving

Grace Talbot gripped the steering wheel of her white four-wheel-drive truck. Every muscle in her body tensed as she leaned closer to the windshield, straining her eyes, searching the blowing snow for the reflector poles, which lined the road, or for any tire track, which would indicate someone else had driven through recently.

Traveling the remote rural Wyoming road in a blizzard was risky, and she would have avoided such a stupid act if her Uncle Moss weren’t in the hospital fighting for his life and Butch, his only hired ranch hand, weren’t dead.


This scene and chapter from A Dose of Danger was based on an early morning drive on the same mountain road, but thankfully the reason wasn’t to respond to a tragedy, but to rendezvous with family for a Christmas morning celebration. Where Grace is forced to chain up, we had snowmobiles waiting at the road closure parking lot to enable us to snowmobile the rest of the way to our destination shown in the accompanying photo.  Remembering that morning drive enabled me to write this chapter in a matter of minutes.  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Audio Book Adventures

Love audiobooks, romantic suspense, and adventure? Three of my novels are now available in audible audio edition on Amazon. I’ve posted the blurbs below and just click on the title to go directly to each book’s page on Amazon. Enjoy!

A Dose of Danger:  When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they are targeted by a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?   

Shrouded In Secrets: The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorists. An international team led by the ruggedly handsome, but emotionally scarred CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.
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Marked in Mexico: An idyllic Caribbean vacation turns deadly when hostages are taken at one of Mexico’s most popular Mayan ruins. The kidnappers believe the abduction will be a simple way to negotiate the release of a colleague from a Texas prison, but matters become complicated and the stakes much higher when they realize one of their hostages is the daughter of a powerful U.S. Senator and another is an ex-Army Ranger who has no intention of playing by the rules. After a daring escape the Senator’s daughter, Jessica, and the ex-Ranger, Jack, must endure a terrifying manhunt and a desperate fight for survival. While trying to stay alive in the unforgiving jungle they forge a bond that will last a lifetime and find love neither wanted, but were unable to avoid. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Collection - Part 1

I’ve never considered myself a collector. In fact, I find myself trying to downsize at every opportunity. But, my one exception, quite by accident, is Nativity scenes. I’m now up to six and each one has a special meaning. The first year I was married my mom got me the core group, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus for Christmas, and each year thereafter she got me another piece until the company discontinued the line. My second set took me a week of negotiating while in Ecuador to get the price of the hand-carved set down to an affordable price. The third was passed down from my grandma and has extra special memories. I received a small colorful set from a friend, another my husband found at a yard sale when I wasn’t with him and he picked up knowing how much I love Nativity scenes, and another my mom and I got in Mexico while on a volunteer work trip. So, this holiday season, I’m sharing some of my cherished treasures, starting with the set that always adorned my grandma’s house and brings back fond childhood Christmas memories. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Have Yourself a Historical Holiday

What better way to celebrate the season than to step back into time with this collection of delightful historical holiday romances. Download for your kindle for only $0.99 each by clicking on the title below or to order the trio, Love’s Christmas Past, from Amazon in one paperback for $13.99 click here.

Fragile Blessings By Susan M. Baganz (Inspirational/Holiday Romance)
In the late 1800’s, Grant and Lily have established their farm amongst the bluffs of western Wisconsin. As they anticipate the birth of their first child, tragedy strikes. With shaken faith and grief driving a wedge between them, is it possible for three orphans to heal Grant and Lily’s heart and relationship? 

A Medieval Christmas By Rachel A. James (Historical Romance/Medieval/Holiday)
Lady Nola is a woman of good-standing, but one tragic mistake is set to change her life forever. Rather than be forced to wed a stranger to hide her transgressions, she flees from home. 

With child, hungry and homeless, Nola wanders the streets of medieval London in search of a Christmas miracle. 

Christmas Bells By Jewell Tweedt (Inspirational/Historical/Holiday romance)

Come hear the sounds of Christmas… 

Vivacious frontier widow Connie Rose Simonson manages two cafés while dreaming of the perfect Christmas for her son Andrew, but not everyone welcomes her success. A corrupt banker wants her properties and will manipulate anyone in his way. 

Dr. James Connor heals others while forsaking his own needs. The town’s only doctor, an influenza outbreak, and the holiday season leave him exhausted and discouraged. 

It looks like another lonely holiday for the Connor and the Simonsons until Andrew is injured and the doctor becomes entranced by the attractive widow. But James has been hurt before and hesitates to get involved, after all, a physician must always maintain a proper relationship with his patients. 

It’s up to angelic newcomer Diana to bring them together creating new beginnings, new memories, and to hear
Christmas bells ringing.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Nuggets From Life in Fiction – Horseback Escape

Storm leapt over logs and wove his way around everything he couldn’t clear. His nose was stretched out as if reaching for the finish line at the Kentucky Derby. His breathing huffed above the pounding of his hooves and the breaking of branches. Niki hoped his strength and endurance would last until they were safely away from the armed men.

As the horse finally managed to put distance between them and the sound of the bikes, Niki took in a deep breath and slowly exhaled. The noise of the engines had all but faded when she dared her first glimpse up since entering the trees. The sight brought a gasp from her lips. The sheer drop off was the last thing she saw as Storm launched himself over the edge without hesitation.

Niki felt as if they were suspended in mid-air. She leaned back until her head nearly rested on Storm’s rump and prayed his feet would soon touch solid ground. The first contact with earth jolted her body, throwing her forward, jamming the horn into her stomach and forcing the air from her lungs, but she hung on.

The horse didn’t slow since any attempt to change momentum or direction would be impossible and would send them tumbling to their deaths. She knew the descent from the ledge had only taken seconds, but it felt as if they were moving in slow motion for an eternity. The horse’s hooves barely touched the ground as he fled down the slope. Nothing seemed real and the only sound she could hear was a faint ringing in her ears and the heavy labored breathing of the determined horse.

Her knuckles were white as she grasped the saddle horn with every ounce of strength she possessed. By the time Storm finally came to a stop at the bottom of the cliff, she wasn’t sure if she could let go without physically prying her fingers free. Her fingernails dug into her palm on the hand holding the leather reins so forcefully that blood trickled down her wrist, yet she didn’t feel the pain.

Niki took several deep breaths to steady her nerves and gently guided Storm around to look back at what they had just ridden down.  Her eyes followed the impossibly steep, treeless, rock-strewn slope until her gaze rested on two men. They stood, stances wide, arms crossed, shaking their heads in disbelief. Niki glared at them for only a moment before reining Storm toward the trees and trotting out of their sight.


This scene from Big Horn Storm is a supreme embellishment, but derived in part from a cattle drive I was on as a teenager with my dad. We were taking the cattle to a high grazing lease for the summer. By the time we reached the steepest, last big push, the cows were getting tired and a few decided it would be easier to slide back down the mountain than to keep climbing. My dad was on a green-broke colt which wasn’t as surefooted as my palomino gelding, and getting a little tired herself with her heavier load. Anyway, my dad told me to go after them. I looked at him like he was mad, but nudged my horse, assuming he wouldn’t go if he thought it was too steep. He was a good cow horse, so didn’t hesitate to launch himself over the edge and follow the cattle. The slope was too steep and the dirt too loose to stop and I ended up beating the cows to the bottom. I still occasionally have those, “Man From Snowy River,” flashbacks, but the experience did help me write this scene in Big Horn Storm. My dad clearly had a lot more faith in the horse and my ability than I did, and thankfully he was right.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Trio of Holiday Treats

Warm up to the holiday season with this fantastic trio of holiday treats. Download for your kindle for only $0.99 each by clicking on the title below or to order the trio, Love’s Christmas Present, from Amazon in one paperback for $13.99 click here.

Backwards Christmas By Brooke Williams (Inspirational/Holiday)
Local tour guide Noelle Richards loves everything Backwards Christmas has to offer in South Pole, Alaska. She gets wrapped up in the upside down trees, taking presents TO Santa Clause and all the festivities. Sled dog trainer Chris Furst, on the other hand, approaches the holiday with nothing but skepticism. When their history bubbles into the present, their difference of opinion comes to a head. When Chris gets himself into a dangerous situation in the snow, Noelle and the hope of Christ are his only hope for redemption.

All's Fair in Love & Arson By Sharon McGregor (Holiday/Contemporary)
Bella is back at her childhood home. When her mother took a fall in the Nuisance Grounds (garbage dump) and broke her leg, Bella came back to help her and run her shop, Izzie's. Soon Bella discovers she's also been handed Izzie's role in the town's Christmas theatre production, a musical version of a well-known mystery that threatens to become more bizarre each day. A serial arsonist is frightening the townspeople, a family feud threatens young romance, and intrigue and rumors are the order of the day. On top of everything, Bella's high school sweetheart Jake, who dumped her for a cheerleader, is now Chief of Police. Poor Bella! Christmas in St. Christopher's is not what it used to be.

Love Again By Paula Mowery (Inspirational Romance)

Ben Jacobsen never thought he would find himself leaving his role as a soldier and living his life without his beloved wife. But, his two young children need a present parent. 

Jenna Campbell moves to Myrtle Beach to take a Children’s Minister position, much to the disbelief of her boyfriend, Peter Callahan. 

Through helping Ben’s daughter adjust to the church’s daycare, Jenna is taken by Ben Jacobsen. The feeling is mutual except Ben worries he is betraying his deceased wife. 

Can Ben find a way to love again? Will Jenna remain in Myrtle Beach and give love a chance? 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Hero’s Square in Budapest


 Hero’s square is located on the “Pest” side of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. It’s a solemn and impressive site in any weather, but I felt it looked even more powerful in the early morning fog.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Evolution of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and to celebrate with some sort of feast, usually turkey and all the trimmings, but when I’m feeling lazy we go for steak on the grill and boiled shrimp—a delicious treat, but a fraction of the work and often less expensive.

In 1621 the first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Pilgrims and the Indians to celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest. They prepared a huge feast including a wide variety of animals and fowl, as well as fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest. This early celebration was the forerunner of today's holiday tradition. However, after that first Thanksgiving the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800's. In 1941, Congress made it a national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.


Best wishes to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

For a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, I often make pumpkin cheesecake. If you want to give it a whirl this year, here’s my favorite recipe. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Crust: Crush 10 whole graham crackers and mix with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of butter. Press into a 10 inch cheesecake spring pan (bottom and 2 inches up the sides). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove.

Filling: Beat together until smooth, 2 (8-oz) packages of cream cheese (works best if softened), 1 cup of light cream, 1 cup of canned pumpkin, ¾ cup of sugar, 4 egg yolks (save whites in a separate bowl), 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into the pumpkin mixture. Pour over prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Baking times vary, so make sure the center is set. I’ve found it often takes longer than the 1 hour noted in the recipe.

Topping: Gently mix 2 cups of sour cream, 4 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until well blended. Spread topping evenly over cheesecake and bake another 5 minutes. Refrigerate and serve cold.


Enjoy!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Travel With Impact – Respect and Generosity

When in Thailand, we hit all the major highlights in Bangkok. The city and its cultural highlights were simply amazing, but a little overwhelming, so we decided to check out the countryside.  We hired a guide for the day to take us to Khao Yai National Park. On the way he stopped at a small village, clearly unaccustomed to tourists. As we wandered the market, a long single-file line of Buddhist Monks silently made their way through the village. People respectfully and generously placed food and other offerings into the basket each monk carried. This ritual is a regular part of daily life in many cities and villages across the country, and witnessing the procession and the unquestioned generosity of the people was a humbling experience. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Timeless Oblivion of Nature

“The most glorious value of the wilderness is that in it a person may be completely disassociated from the mechanical and dated age of the twentieth century, and bury himself in the timeless oblivion of nature. Its enjoyment depends on a very delicate psychological adjustment . . . You have got to be immersed in a region where you know that mechanization is really absent, and where you are thrown entirely on the glorious necessity of depending on your own powers.”


-Bob Marshall-

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nuggets From Life in Fiction – When a Ladder Simply Won’t Do

Nearly every fiction writer will confess to using small nuggets from real life when creating fictional scenes. I thought it might be fun to occasionally share a few of those with my readers in a segment I’ll call, “Nuggets from Life in Fiction.”  So, here’s one small example from A Dose of Danger.

The snowflakes continued to fall, illuminated by the yard light they had been able to fix earlier in the day using the tractor head to elevate Logan enough to change the bulb. She had been terrified while watching him balanced so high in the air at the mercy of a 1957 tractor with no brakes, affectionately known as the “Rustmobile,” and her mediocre ability when it came to driving the worn-out antique.


So, it wasn’t a 1957 tractor with no brakes, but we did call it the “Rustmobile.” Growing up we also had a second tractor (not sure of the year, but likely in the 1950s) on the place that had virtually no brakes, but its work was relegated to projects on the flat ground that had no risk to life or property. People who live in the country often utilize a lot of creativity to accomplish tasks. In this instance my dad and uncle were installing the top pole to the entrance. In A Dose of Danger, Logan was changing a burnt out bulb in the yard light. In both cases, a ladder wouldn’t accomplish the job, having no solid place wide enough to lean it against.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Punta Arenas Penguins

One of the most memorable travel experiences of my life was a trip to Punta Arenas, Chile where we had the opportunity to visit the Otoway Sound Magellanic Penguin Colony.  The chicks hadn’t lost their warm down coats, giving them a soft gray appearance as opposed to the sleek black and white feathers of their parents.  Watching these amazing animals was an indescribable experience I’ll never forget, and I can only hope that I have the opportunity to return one day.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Travel with Impact – First Trip to Mexico



We took our first trip to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula nearly twenty years ago.  We visited several Mayan sites, Tulum and Cobá, on that trip. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the ruins of Tulum were so beautiful it nearly took my breath away, but there were a lot of tourists there. Later in the trip we visited Cobá. Much of this area is still unexcavated, but once you become attuned to what to look the ruins hidden under dirt mounds and covered with jungle start to emerge from their surroundings. At the time, there were very few visitors, and scattered around the dirt parking lot a few vendors sold drinks and handmade crafts. The feeling of having the place all to myself was overwhelming and allowed my mind to wander and visualize what it must have been like in its heyday.  The serenity and solitude of Cobá had a huge impact on me and sparked a lifelong passion for learning about the Mayan Culture. I went back to Cobá about five years later and it had changed some, but was still relatively unvisited. I’m a little afraid to return now in case these peaceful remote ruins have become overly commercialized and have lost some of what made them so special.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Fountains of Life

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers,
but as fountains of life.”


-John Muir-

Monday, November 2, 2015

Travel with Impact

Travel has the ability to change a person’s perspective on the world.  Experiencing different cultures, seeing in person the impacts of issues you hear about on the news, and making connections or new friends can deeply impact ones views. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to see the world, and I will be sharing some of the moments which have made the biggest impact on me in the coming weeks under the recurrent theme of, “Travel with Impact.” I hope you’ll enjoy this segment and remember these words from Mark Twain.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.

- Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain -

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Pumpkins Tips 3 of 3

Here are a Halloween pumpkin tips I’ve come across:

·        Use an ice-cream scoop to clean out your pumpkin instead of risking bending your favorite kitchen spoons.
·        Insert a bowl into a carved pumpkin and add dry ice and warm water to create an extra spooky, smoke filled jack-o’-lantern.
·        To make your pumpkin last longer, apply a light coat of petroleum jelly to the cuts to seal the wounds. And, after carving, place your Jack O’Lantern in a cool, dark place. It will spoil quicker if left at room temperature and may attract fruit flies, depending on where you live.
·        To revive a shriveled pumpkin try soaking it in a bucket of water.


The most important Halloween tips are to have fun and be safe!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips 2 of 3

Here are some simple safety tips. They may seem obvious, but it’s always good to remind oneself prior to picking up that knife.

·        If using a pumpkin carving kit, choose one appropriate for your child's age and skill level.
·        Do not let a young child use a knife.
·        Always point knives away from you.
·        Keep your free hand away from the direction of the knife.
·        Use slicing motions and never force the knife.

·        When using candles to light a Jack O'Lantern, do not leave it unattended, or better yet, for indoor lighting, use battery operated pumpkin lights. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips 1 of 3

The first step in creating the perfect Jack O’Lantern is selecting and preparing the pumpkin. When selecting pumpkins for carving, choose a lighter colored one with a nice stem and a carvable face. Lighter colored pumpkins are softer and carve easier, but unfortunately they don’t last as long.


Clean the outside of the pumpkin with plain water and a sponge. Allow to dry. Store the pumpkin outside, or in a cool place, until you’re ready to carve it.  To start carving, cut open the top of the pumpkin and clean out the inside seeds and guts, being careful not to pull too hard on the stem as it breaks easily. Clean the inside of your Jack O'Lantern by scraping the inside wall to an inch thick. This will make carving a lot easier. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Make a Difference Day

If you want to make a difference, mark your calendar for the fourth Saturday in October. Initiated in 1990, this is a national day devoted to helping others by doing volunteer work in the community. Activities can be almost anything from an area cleanups, sprucing up parks and municipal facilities, or helping a non-profit organization, the community, your town, nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. It doesn't matter what project you take on, what matters is that you participate. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Adventure Inspirations - Wilderness’s Peculiar Charm

“All life in the wilderness is so pleasant that the temptation is to consider each particular variety, while one is enjoying it, as better than any other. A canoe trip through the great forests, a trip with a pack-train among the mountains, a trip on snow-shoes through the silent, mysterious fairy-land of the woods in winter--each has its peculiar charm."


- Theodore Roosevelt -

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Coin Can Get you Killed and $0.99 can get you The Coin


Who ever thought a coin could get you killed?

A cunning killer trusted his secret was safe, an innocent woman holds the key to his destruction, and an intelligence officer must keep her alive before the madman can strike the fatal blow.

When Gabriela Martinez finds a mysterious coin in the French Riviera, she is thrust into a struggle between governments, terrorists, and madmen, all seeking knowledge she doesn't know she has. Richard Harrison, the intelligence officer assigned to protect her, has all he can do to keep her safe.  

But when the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control, Richard must find a solution, if not, it may be too late for them both.
Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph. 


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BIO FOR MARIA ELENA ALONSO-SIERRA

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a romantic suspense author with a unique point of view. Her adventure novels take place in locales across Europe and the United States, reflecting her international upbringing and extensive time as a global traveler. In her duology, The Coin and The Book of Hours, her characters, Gabriela and Richard, walk the same paths as their creator, though her life was never in so much danger.
Ms. Alonso-Sierra’s writing career began circa age thirteen with a very juvenile science fiction short story, but the writing bug hit, and she has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, and literature teacher (and not necessarily in that order—she likes variety) and holds a Masters in English literature. She loves to hear from readers and, when not writing, roams around to discover new places to set her novels.
Ms. Alonso-Sierra is currently working on her third novel, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog, Amber.


Author Links:
@MariaElenaWrite

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hooked On Adventure

Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop. Here’s a tiny tidbit from my newest contemporary romantic suspense novel set in Wyoming, A Dose of Danger.  Enjoy!
Excerpt
“You already have more than a full-time career. This situation will most likely be long-term, so I need to get into a rhythm with the chores and my job, and not get too dependent upon your kindness and nice muscles,” she added with a shy smile. 

“So you like my muscles?”

“Don’t let it go to your head, Deputy. Remember I work with a bunch of researchers, PhDs, and marketing executives.”

He laughed as he turned and walked out the door.

Grace stood on the porch and watched until the truck’s taillights disappeared over the rise.

Just my luck, I may have met “Mr. Right,” and the timing couldn’t be more wrong.

Blurb
When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they become targets of a group dedicated to controlling the multi-billion dollar a year diet-product industry. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch, and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?

For information on all my adventure novels, including my newest release, A Dose of Danger, please follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/kimmcmahill.  Click here to download A Dose of Danger from Amazon.

For more book hooks from other great writers visit any of the blogs below or go to http://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com





Sunday, October 11, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – The Wild West

“The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World. Every tree sends its fibres forth in search of the Wild. The cities import it at any price. Men plough and sail for it. From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind.”


-Henry David Thoreau-

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook – Thai Elephant Excursion

At a small village outside Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, we had an expected opportunity to ride an elephant. Before we could get used to the lumbering sway, we found ourselves slogging through the jungle, belly deep in murky water. This little side venture wasn’t in the plan, but often those are the most rewarding experiences, and our impromptu elephant ride turned out to be an unexpected highlight.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dreams and Success

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 

Henry David Thoreau

Friday, October 2, 2015

Leaving Civilization in the Dust

I recently got to spend some time in my home state of Wyoming. We visited family and caught up on the local happenings. Thanks to the pleasant fall temperatures, we also got the opportunity to get off the pavement and take in the rugged arid beautiful landscape of my youth. When I was young, my sister and I had mini-bikes that we often took out behind the house and we would explore for hours. We could also ride our horses from home, and in minutes civilization was left in our dust. I often miss those carefree times, which makes me all the more appreciative of the chance to go back and see that some things haven’t changed.   



Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Not Too Late to Save


Thank you to everyone who joined in the week-long Fall Into A Book Mega Sale event and Facebook party at https://www.facebook.com/PrismBookGroup. Each day throughout the week book prices were reduced to just $0.99.  My books will return to their regular prices soon, but it’s not too late. Click on the Amazon link below and get your copy before it’s too late. Please verify the price before purchasing since they will go up without notice.

Deadly Exodus

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Preservation of the Earth

"To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be." 

-Rachel Carson-

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Humor is the Saving Thing

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place." Mark Twain

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – Surround Yourself with Great People

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." — Mark Twain

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Kindle Adventure/Suspense Boxed Set

Discover love and experience epic adventures in the great outdoors through Marked In Mexico, Big Horn Storm, and Deadly Exodus, all for one low price with a Kindle Boxed Set. Whether Mayan ruins and jungle adventures, daring horseback escapes in the stunning and rugged mountains of Wyoming, or a run for the border through the desert southwest to leave a dystopian America behind peek your interest, you’ll find what you’re looking for in these adventure novels. Oh, and did I mention hunky heroes? Meet ex-Army Ranger Jack, the future’s male perfection, Ethan, and one smoking- hot cowboy named Deuce.


For more, please visit my website at http://www.kimmcmahill.com or follow me on twitter at https://www.twitter.com/kimmcmahill. The Kindle boxed set can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1cX2bho

Monday, September 7, 2015

Adventure Scrapbook - Ayuthaya Thailand

Ayuthaya, Thailand served as the Siamese royal capitol and was one of Asia’s greatest, most powerful cities during the 13th and 14th centuries. Today all that remains of this once thriving city of a million people are crumbling, yet still magnificent ruins and amazing sculptures. As the forces of nature attempt to reclaim the site, it only makes the relics more fascinating. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Adventure Inspiration - The Necessity of Wilderness

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

~ Edward Abbey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 Garden Wrap-Up

It seems a bit early this year, but my garden tells me that fall has arrived. I can see it in the color of the leaves, the density of the vegetation, and the production. So, how was 2015 compared to years past? Not great.

I got enough cucumbers and zucchini to eat fresh for a couple months, but the need to make zucchini bread and freeze it or take bags of produce to work never materialized. The pole beans grew and climbed and looked lovely, but I didn’t get a single bean. The plants did have plenty of blossoms, so I do have to question the abundance of pollinators. If I realized the job wasn’t getting done, I would have gotten out there with a tiny paintbrush and taken matters into my own hands.

I did get a cantaloupe, which was surprising since I didn’t plant any, so no doubt a product of compost that didn’t thoroughly compost. And, my two egg plants yielded a dozen vegetables. I didn’t have the energy to make eggplant parmesan, but we discovered that they can be quite good just sliced, lightly seasoned, and grilled.

My usual “go to” crop, tomatoes, yielded plenty to eat fresh and I did freeze several gallon-sized zip lock bags of whole fruit for the winter, but compared to the nearly dozen bags I usually freeze, they were a bit of a disappointment. The only crop that held its own this year was the Big Jim chili peppers. For the past couple months we’ve had enough to roast a nice batch every few weeks, and there’s one more round out there.

I’ve enjoyed the produce I’ve gotten, but the harvest was definitely not up to par. We did have a late cold spring and a cooler than normal summer, but I’ll assess all the variables and re-adjust the plan over the winter and hopefully remedy the situation for next year.


I hope all my gardening friends out there had better luck than I did. And, I’m already looking forward to next season to try new ideas to increase my yield.    

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Adventure Inspirations – The Discomfort of Adventure

“You’ve been so long in the rain, you feel like a dirty dish rag. But despite the misery of your water soaked body, you look around to see verdant leaves dripping with water. The air entering your lungs smells vibrantly clean. To experience adventure, you must be willing to be uncomfortable at times and enjoy the loneliness by being happy with your own singing. A song pops out of your mouth… "It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was fine…”  


- Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, camped out in Hyder, Alaska near a grizzly bear’s den -